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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and an incredibly floral aroma.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Reviews: 3,397 | Ratings: 13,612
Photo of RnRManifesto
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness Really Matters!!!

I have tried this beer twice before this, and both times I experienced a metallic aftertaste that I did not like at all, even though I liked the rest of the beer experience- appearance, smell, initial taste, etc.

Third time's a charm, I guess. This bottle is not any fresher (from the bottled on date) than the last time I had one- about 3 weeks from bottled on date, but there is definitely a difference in flavor, and a welcome one.

Pours a somewhat hazy orange hue with a 1" foamy white head that is gorgeous. Great looking beer. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

Big nose of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, and some flowery hops. Faint pine, resin. Wonderful smell.

This is a juicy beer, and it makes you salivate. Definite citrus up front that follows the nose. More citrus and malt in the middle, bitter hop finish, neither flavor outdoing the other. Pretty well balanced, although the hop bitterness does linger on the finish.

I'm really glad I finally got a good bottle of this. It's still not the best IPA I've ever had, but it's a damn good one, and I can see now why people love it.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on tap, but right now its out of a bottle. And just as good I might add. Open the bottle and its like you stepped into a hop field. Pours nice with a decent sticky head. Nice lacing throughout the drink. Floral, citricy, piney- its got it all, but I beleive its centennial? Correct me if Im wrong. Anyway, it tastes soooo fresh, freshest beer I have had in a long time, Im loving it. I dont know about drinking this all day long as I already have a buzz after 2. This is just a fantastic hop lovers dream. I love this beer, Bells is by far one of my favorite breweries. Mouthfeel is just under perfect, as it is light. But othe than that its VERY hard to do better than this beer. Outstanding. Love it.

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Photo of fromage
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite IPA. Pale amber with a huge white head and plenty of carbonation. Smell of grapefruit and pine from the centennial hops, sweet malt still comes through. Tastes like grapefruit cotton candy--so sweet and fruity--not from the malt, though, which is underplayed. Mouthfeel is full with a sweet but not too lingering aftertaste. I could (and have) drink these all night.

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Photo of indy169
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's can do little wrong these days & as evidenced by this exceptional IPA.
The Two Hearted Ale is one I enjoy on tap and in bottles with little variation between the two.
This is a classic IPA with more malty mid-tones than the ever-popular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and not quite the high end of the Dogfish Head offerings.
To me this is the ideal IPA. Drinkable, interesting and satisfying.
Balanced, rich and simply wonderful.

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Photo of jdskinns
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy, golden dreamboat. White head with good lacing. Smell is sweet and citrusy, full of hops. Taste followed the smell and I could have sworn I tasted Fruity Pebbles in there somewhere. Mouthfeel and body are full, definitely not lacking a backbone here. Very drinkable, a great beer for a day of grilling outside.

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Photo of bballmj2k
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer so many times - time to review.

Bottled on date of 9/28/2011

A - golden yellow, with a bit of haze and a finger or so of soapy head.

S - beautiful tropical fruits shine as well as earthy floral hops. Slight bready malt.

T - light bitterness, orange zest notes, some nice malt sweetness on the back of the tongue. Finishes with dry hop notes.

M - so creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation.

I love this beer. There is so much subtlety and I think that's where it shines. It doesnt have the huge nose or flavors of a sculpin or a west coast ipa but it doesn't have to. A great everyday go-to beer, can't wait till they ramp up production so its easier to find.

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Photo of CAP1868
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a 12oz bottle with a decorative trout on the front of the bottle. No born on date or expiration date is found. Pours a hazy light amber color with not much head and decent lacing throughout.

S-Great smells from this one, hoppy with some type of fruit or floral in the nose.

T-Tastes a lot like it smells, hops upfront finishing with floral and fruit in the back-end of the palate. No real bitterness to speak of, which is an interesting note in this IPA.

M-Medium bodied, like most IPA's that I have reviewed, this one has a good feel.

D-Low carbonation makes for a very drinkable IPA. In fact this may be the most drinkable IPA I have had to date. I enjoyed quite a few of these brews. I would highly recommend this brew to the most seasoned palate or to your busch light drinking friends.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a beer id heard alot about so had to try.

A- Bubbly with a nice head. decent retention. golden orangish yellow.

S- mostly pine. citrus.

T-grapefruit, pine, citrus, floral notes as well.

M- crisp and clean on the palate. slightly lingering bitterness.

D- easy drinking you can have a session with these.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great example of American IPA, which drinks easy and strikes a nice balance between flavor, hoppy bitterness and drinkability.

Pours pure amber with a solid head, which gives way to gentle lacing. Very appetizing looks and enticing smell of fruit, tree bark and clean water.

The main aspect of this beer for me was how easy it was to drink it. It practically gets inhaled, with your mouth craving for more as soon as you complete a gulp. The predominant tastes are those of apricot, pine needles and just clean water. It's rare that the water is praised as a discernible beer component (complaints of "watery" beers are far more often), but in this case the excellent water quality and subtle taste certainly adds much to the beer's exceptional drinkability.

Overall, an excellent session beer that goes well even on its own.

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Photo of scot_chale
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- yellowish, orange body with a 1/2" cap of white foam that hangs out. Carbonation is moderately active, and a few yeasty floatys are hanging around.

S- Pungent citrus hops. Just what you look for in an IPA. It's a little earthy, a little herbal, and just faintly spicy. a malt sweetness lingers behind the hops, but it's there if you look for it.

T- The hops come up first, almost lighting your mouth on fire at first, but then give way to the malt sweetness. It's balanced, then leaning hop forward with citrus, earth, and spicy notes. It's refreshing though. It quenches your thirst and let's the wonderful combination of hops linger for a pleasant aftertaste. It's semi-dry.

M- It's easy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and not too dry. Very pleasant drinker overall.

O- Great beer. This could be my favorite IPA. It's aggressive and hoppy, yet drinkable and balanced. This is what an American IPA should be, given the stylistic description and my personal opinion. I should keep a case of this around just to keep my taste buds used to it. Great for those days when work sucked and you need a beer to punch you in the face, yet keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of TheRaven
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

This is close to the perfect IPA. Not sure why I don't give it a 5.0; I guess I just expect an orgasm from a 5.0 and the Two Hearted didn't finish me off.

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Photo of jimdalton
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark copper.
Odor: Floral, malty, and bitter
Taste: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick and a nice back end sweetness Smooth, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick. Nice, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Overall: Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale brings the a new spin to the IPA style. This IPA has all the usual suspects as far as flavor, but brings a special kick that is not found in other IPAs.

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Photo of Duffman
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden straw color, somewhat hazy but not too hazy with a thin white head. Astoundingly fragrant, a wonderful bouquet of aromas. Brilliant piney hops shooting through with grapefruit citrus tones at their side. Very floral, probably the most floral single IPA I've ever had. A very crisp and well-balanced nose. The hops seem to be as well used in bell ipas if not better than any I've tasted. They just strike the perfect note here for me; piney, farmhouselike, and faintly smoky at the end. Citrus is still present, grapefruit in this case. A mild nuttyness. This is one distinct ipa and really something special. Mouthfeel is a very crisp and deliberate light-medium body. Quite smooth and highly drinkable this beer is one to savor anytime and with just about any kind of food too. Exceptional.

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Photo of paultierney1
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Please let me know if there is a better ale out there! Two Hearted seems to be available in parts of the Midwest, but I don't think it's on the East Coast yet. What a shame!

Warning: this delicious ale (about $9 a six pack in Ohio) will ruin your drinking-out experience unless you are in a fine establishment with its own quality cask ale. I can't wait to get home in the evening to see those bottom-feeders (trout hardly) on the label.

Strong taste, but dry and clean. Fruity but not sweet. Better than the other Bells. What the heck is lacing and who cares?

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copperish golden color almost like that of a lager.

S: Hop smell doesn't dominate but makes it self known. Alcohol is very present. Orange rind, melon, floral, herbal tea, sweat cream and molasses. Spices can be detected as well.

T: Actually pretty tasty. Not a dominating IPA, but certainly not lacking either. Carbonated up front, and has a nice spicy taste that lingers long after you're done with your drink. Very tart finish. Crisp.

M: As mentioned before, very carbonated but oddly it has a creamy feel going down.

D: I wouldn't have more than two of these at a sitting, but would be a nice beer to keep in the fridge for a cold night.

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a golden color with a foamy white head.

S: A citrus aroma

T: A long flavorful hops that ends in an infusion of citrus.

M: Moderately carbonated, which felt just about right.

D: I notice this was on tap last night, and thought why not try it after reading favorable mentions here. I trulyu enjoyed it, and am anxious to pick up some for home consumption.

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Photo of tgorgz
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured it into a pint glass, and the head just billowed up- a good, thick two-finger head. It stayed for quite some time. Not super-hazy, but enough to qualify it as "opaque".

S: About what you'd expect from an IPA- flowery, with lots of citrus. I'm detecting lemon, melon, and other tropical fruits. I'm used to lemony scents from IPAs, but this one has something different- it's the distinct melon I'm getting from the nose.

T:Very "clean" tasting, lots of citrus at the beginning. As it moves back through your mouth, the lemon becomes more pronounced. It's not as strong in the melon as I was expecting based upon the smell, however. The ending is quite bitter, but not a much as some IPA's I've tried. I think it's a good thing, as the bitterness doesn't dilute the other flavours.

M: Not as thick as other IPA's, but very clean and refreshing. The lingering, subtle bitterness is quite welcome.

D: Very, very smooth- excellent drinkability.

Overall, fabulous IPA- what else would you expect from Bell's?

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Photo of brendanbeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice.

a. mellow yellow

s. its like hopslam, but cut in half. nice piny citrus, and hoppy punch... mellow.

t. exact as smell. mellow, its nice

m. carb med low, i want a but more silk, but its so smooth, nothing really missing,

d, its super drinkable, except after a hopslam, its incredibly UNDRINKABLE because i want more hopslam instead.

ITS HOPSLAM CUT IN HALF

real nice.

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Photo of Hanby
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep amber colour. Very thick, almost cloudy. It has a surprising amount of head which lingers throughout.

S- Strong hoppy smell; very inviting.

T- Bold, bitter hops, and lots of them. It has a good zing; strong hops, as well as citrus and other fruity flavors. Delicious.

M- Good carbonation.

O- Very good IPA. It has an intense flavour, but it's well balanced bitterness with citrus. I'll definitely come back to Two Hearted Ale.

The first couple times I tried an IPA, I didn't like it much at all, but it grew on me, and now it's one of my favourite styles, especially for summer.

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Photo of Mardrommar
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The label on the back describes the beer as having a crisp finish and a strong floral hop aroma. On the bottom of the label, the bottling date is listed as 02/06/13

Poured into a Libbey tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful golden color with bright yellow highlights. Formed a soapy finger-width head that dissipated within the first 5 minutes. Leaves a spotty amount of lacing that has a soapy consistency. A minor cm or so head remained throughout the duration of the drinking session.

As described, the aroma is potently floral and hoppy. A sweet, bready malt pierces the hop aroma, giving way to a floral scent. Hints of pine, grass, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon are present. The aroma is very well balanced. No one scent truly dominates (not including the sharp sweetness from the malts). Mouthfeel is light and has moderate carbonation.

The initial flavor is citrus that instantly gives way to the bready, caramel sweetness from the malts, and then transitions into a bitter, floral finish with a slight astringency. The finish is crisp and moderately dry. The finish is not extensive at all. Aftertaste is bread and hops.

This beer is extremely well balanced and highly drinkable. One of the more pleasant IPAs I’ve had in recent memory.

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Photo of davecavemaster
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice IPA. The beer pours a nice amber color with a couple of fingers of foam on top. As you drink, the foam sticks to the glass in random shapes and stays there.
The nose on this brew is filled with floral hops, grapefruit, and a touch of pine.
Taste is very grapefruity and citrus, with an excellent hoppy bitterness at the end. Although you can also get a slight bit of malt taste to this brew as well, somewhat toasty.
This is not a highly carbonated beer, and it feels very refreshing in the mouth. After about half the beer is down, you can begin to feel the 7% ABV.

A great IPA! Refreshing, not overly hoppy, and well balanced.

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Photo of JohnF
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer a while back and again last week in the Outer Banks, NC. Perhaps this batch was placed under too much heat? Anyway, I like the IPAs with a bit more body.
This one is lighter, very crisp, with a grapefruit taste. A basically good IPA, but one of the few beers that I largely disagree with the score listed on the site.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a hefe glass. Sue me.

Appearance: Deep gold and clear, with an inch of off-white head. Weblike lacing rings all the way down the glass. Lovely.

Smell: Both pine and citrus hope, with neither side truly gaining the upper hand. The grapefruit is particularly good, giving me something that is more mouthwatering than pine. I'm not getting much malt, except for a vague sweetness somewhere.

Taste: A delightful citric hop that is softer than you would expect for such well-known IPA.

Mouthfeel: A dry and crisp experience, pleasant without becoming astringent.

Overall: An IPA that is very easy to like. The hops are noticeable, but not assertive, placing it in another category from the unpalatable hop bombs that are in vogue. Lacks the malt I've been searching for, but is a complex beer nonetheless. Well recommended, and possibly my new favorite IPA.

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Photo of Grugalug
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a golden amber color with a some cloudiness that is almost ribbon-like. Poured a good 1.5 finger head and some sticky lacing.

S-Huge citrus and pine. It has a grapefruit and almost lemon-like quality to it that is rather unique. Just a little bit of maltiness. Very floral as well. Pretty incredibly overall.

T-Not quite as citrus-forward as the head, but it is still present with a great deal more pine and earthy bitterness. Quite bitter but not a hop bomb by any means. A surprising spicy character hits you as it goes down and it is really welcome and intriguing. There is even still some malt fighting its way through the considerable complexity of the hops. Really great.

M-A fair amount of carbonation that lends a refreshing quality to this beer. Relatively thin and easy to drink. As it should be.

O-An absolutely fantastic beer. Seriously hop-forward without being a hop bomb and still leaves some room for the malt to come through. Very aromatic, with hops ranging from floral and citrus-like to earthy and pine. Certainly not one to be missed, although probably not for one that is not used to such a flavorful beer.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful Golden/Orange Color with a thick creamy head. No other way to put it besides that this is how a beer should look. Head leaves heavy lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, Floral, Slighty Sweet. Not a very strong aroma overall though.

Taste: Being used to West Coast IPAs this beer didn’t have the kick that I am always ready for. Was actually a really well balanced beer though. Sweet orange and grapefruit flavor that follows the nose and you really get a floral hoppy backbone. Smooth. Not overpowering.

Feel: No doubt that this is a very smooth beer. Medium viscosity and just the right level of carbonation

Overall: Was a really great IPA that I have always wanted to try. Was disappointed with the nose but all other aspects of the beer made up for it. A great beer that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.

EDIT: Nose opened up ALOT as beer warmed. Still did not impress. But worth of some more points

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,397 ratings.